Help / Listening Tips & Options
Listening Locally Via FM Radio
Pulling in WFVR-LP 96.5 FM in difficult locations
Factors in order of importance:
- Finding the strongest signal location and capitalizing on it.
- Reducing interference.
- Changing to a more sensitive radio.
Do you get any signal at all from 96.5? Car radios are frequently quite sensitive radios and they are out side where the signal may be strongest. If some reception but not the best then:
With you existing radio try moving the aerial and line cord. Many time just rearranging these will create a great improvement. Radios with no external antenna can simply be turned or moved to a location where the signal comes in better. With radios with a straight wire antenna you can try moving the wire in all directions and then get creative about how to make it more permanent. Adding length can sometimes helps. Try a multiple total length 30.5″ as that is the quarter wave of our frequency and theoretically produce the strongest signal. If your antenna is a twin lead T try just arranging it for best reception and if you are sometimes hearing a different station you can make it more directional by creating a V shape of the top of the T and aiming it towards the station in Royalton or a hill the signal may be bouncing off of. Also you can add extra twin lead feed wire and move the antenna to a higher point in the house or even out side. Adding as much as 100′ is workable. Now, if a coax connection is used (likely with single wire aerials) then a shielded cable can be run to an areal in attic or out doors. This is valuable when interference from light dimmers, device chargers and cell phones as the coax has shielding to reduce the interference. To test for interference try turning off all potential sources of interference and if improved add them back one at a time. See if you can move the aerial away form the offending source. Noise suppressers can be added to the offering source. Near by items tend to give the most trouble. Cast off old TV antennas do take in the FM band and are good at pulling in faint signals. Smaller FM Yagi antennas and even smaller flat mesh with bow ties can be purchased. The more compact “indoor” antennas with amplifiers in them sometimes work but they still need to be where the signal is strongest.
Another approach is to plug your radio into an extension cord and try moving around the house to find the strongest reception and then use your radio or antenna there.
Not all radios are created equal. We can make suggestions for top sensitivity radios you. Contact Henry Swayze henryswayze at gmail.com.
If you aren’t sure if Royalton Community Radio is online, check the server status box below.
One of the easiest options to try when you aren’t sure is to click the “default” link below. This may open iTunes or some other application depending on your operating system’s default preferences. This is always the first thing to attempt if the above says “online” but you aren’t hearing the signal on some other player such as your smart phone, the HTML5 players, or the Flash Players.
Another good page to bookmark is the link provided by our streaming provider, ShoutCheap. Bookmark the link below in case you can’t access the royaltonradio.org and want to still listen. The added benefit is being able to see where in the world your fellow online listeners are!
Number of Simultaneous Listeners
Another issue may be how many listeners currently connected. At this time we are set up to allow only 50 simultaneous listeners. There are currently listener(s). If the station becomes popular enough to warrant it, we can upgrade to accommodate more listeners. YOU can help by spreading the word!
If the above reads “Offline” then the service RCR uses to broadcast — ShoutCheap — is down. Usually this means there is nothing RCR volunteers can do immediately, but more than likely they are aware of the problem and trying to fix it. If the above is blank then the service is more than likely down as the script that displays “Online” or “Offline” is on their server.
If the above reads “Online” and you are having trouble connecting there are a few possible reasons:
- The Internet — or power — is out at the RCR studio in South Royalton, Vermont. If someone is in the studio they will do their best to see if problem can be fixed. More than likely there isn’t much we can do other than hope our ISP — or power company — can fix it, if we can’t. Often the problem is self-correcting and the stream will return on its own.
- Your Internet connection is having issues. This could be the speed of your connection, an Internet outage, or even the weather. If this is the case there is nothing we can do. Our Technical Team, like everyone else, are volunteers.
- There is a problem with the Internet somewhere. This could look like either of the above situations.
Our all-volunteer staff does what they can to keep RCR up-and-running. We appreciate your patience in the event of an outage.
There are many ways to listen to Royalton Community Radio online. Below is a listing of the various methods depending on your listening devices and habits. Whenever possible we provide possibly explanations for difficulties you may encounter.
Royalton Community Radio is in iTunes’ Internet Radio listing. You can find us by opening iTunes, clicking on “Music” and then clicking on the “Internet” tab. In that section you will find a genre named “Eclectic.” Click on the arrow to expand that list which is sorted alphabetically. iTunes is free software that comes pre-installed on all Mac computers, and can be downloaded for Windows.
Note: If you do not see the Internet tab, check out this link on Apple for information on changing your iTunes preferences to show it.
Listen using HTML5 player
On nearly every page on the site, you will see the small box with a small embedded HTML5 audio player. The player is not set to automatically start playing. Clicking on the play (>) button will start the stream.
HTML5 audio is supported by most modern browsers and smartphones/tablets. To learn more about this HTML standard, check out the entry on wikipedia, which will also display what browsers are currently supported. Remember, you should always use the most up-to-date version of a browser. Not doing so poses a security risk. RCR does not offer support for older web browsers.
Open the Popup HTML5 / Mobile Player
You may wish to listen to the stream while continuing to surf the web or on your smartphone. In this case you click on the link that reads “Popup & Mobile.” This will open a new, smaller, window. Click on the large play button (>) once the window opens, and you can listen while you visit our — or other — sites! Simply close the window or click “Close Popup” when you want. Or press the Pause button and listen again later!
Listening on your mobile device
If you want to listen while using your mobile phone, you can use the same “Popup & Mobile” link mentioned above. The mobile player is an HTML5 player. If for some reason that link does not work on your smartphone, you can use the link below. Please be advised that the link below is a product of our streaming provider, ShoutCheap, and we have no control over it. NOTE: Link below is only accessible via mobile devices.
Please be advised that streaming audio on a mobile device may use a great deal of both battery life and data. It is not advised to listen for long period of times unless one has a generous data plan. This shouldn’t be an issue when the device is connected via wifi unless your Internet provider has bandwidth limits. This is often the case with satellite providers. RCR is not responsible for any charges accrued.
If you don’t see the popup player you may need to check your browser’s settings to make sure it isn’t blocking popups. Browsers may have this setting as part of ad blocking or security settings.
Port 80 Links
If you are listening from someplace where there is a firewall — many larger employers use these to protect their networks — you can listen using the port which is set aside for web browsing. Essentially, if you can read this page you can listen to Royalton Community Radio by clicking on one of the links. Which one will depend on your operating system (Windows, Mac, Linux, etc.) and/or what software you have installed. To learn more about each please visit their site:
Media Player Links
As mentioned above, you can listen to Royalton Community Radio via your favorite media players. Again, consult the websites of the media player if you have issues using them.
NOTES ON FLASH
One may also use the Adobe Flash player or the Flash popup player to listen to Royalton Community Radio; however, RCR recommends that listeners update their browsers and use the HTML5 audio player, which is HTML standards-compliant and not proprietary like Adobe Flash. Below are some reasons to avoid Flash. For now, RCR will continue to make the Flash player available. Click the play button in the box to the right to use it.
Reasons to avoid Adobe Flash
- Device Incompatibility — The Internet is no longer limited to desktops and laptops. Today people access the web from mobile phones, gaming consoles, and various TV-based browsers — set-top boxes and even TV’s with built-in web browsers. With most of these devices, Flash support is either nonexistent, or severely lacking. Also, Flash isn’t officially available for 64-bit browsers.
- Poor Stability / Performance / Security — Flash is known to have issues in the areas of stability, performance and security. It has been the cause of many browser crashes. It requires a great deal of CPU power, and can bring low-powered computers/devices to their knees.
- Poor Accessibility — Because Flash files are compiled (binary, not text), screen readers cannot read them. That is, text-based web browsers for the sight impaired do not work.